Sunday, 1 May 2016

O.M.E.G.A. Show - Oh Boy!!






I went to the Ontario Miniature Enthusiasts of Guelph Area mini show today!  I went with my wad of fun money to behave myself.  Then I saw many sellers took credit cards.  Game over.  Good intentions out the window......

I had the amazing fortune to discover the table of good being sold by the estate of June Simpson, IGMA fellow in furniture, a fellow Canadian.  June had suffered a health event, and subsequently a close friend and miniature enthusiast was selling large portions of June's mini estate for her.






The cupboard was one of two.  The other (likely in better condition) was kept by June's friend.  This one was missing 2 latches and has a bit of wood separation on the back, but it is still stunning.  I thought I was all done shopping....then turned around and saw the cupboard being place on the table.  I bolted and grabbed it!

It was made by June from what I understand, during a mini class.  The bottom states it was originally owned by Neil and Sherry Burke of Cornwall, Ontario.  I have emailed the folks OMEGA to get the sellers contact, as I have forgotten some of the story she told me about its history.  There were some seriously pushy grannies beside me (not buying, just jostling to look at stuff) and it was hard to focus with hands full and being bumped.




This bench was also from the estate.  It is a signed piece by Judith Blondell from 2001.  The seller said that while she knows Judith's pieces fetch a good price, she was willing to sell this at far less then market value.  I was grateful and excited!



The bench and the chest are by Lutie Anne Presley.  She is Canadian and sells mostly via shows and now online with Small Scale Showcase.  I saw the pieces at the MET show last fall, and I regretted not getting them then. So I grabbed them today.  Beautifully made.






And while I grabbed many small things from the show, below are some fun bits!

From Out Of The Ordinary




From Petite Images


More to come eventually when I sort through all my goodies.  I've been killing myself in the garden recently.  But now everything is cleaned out, dug up and ready to plant.  And I have killer grass this year! I have to say, we tried corn gluten on the grass for the first time (along with the usual dirt and fertilizer) and it looks like a golf green out there!

Next up will be making a Frozen bonanza for Miss Kitty's birthday in June.  I have a few crafty things to make. And I need to give thought to the 2  tier cake with frizon characters...gah!



12 comments :

  1. Wow! You found some stunning pieces! Can't wait to see how you display them! I get cranky when old ladies wearing way too much Beautiful push into me at shows. I have sharp elbows and a pretty scary glare, so it usually sorts itself out pretty quickly! ;O)

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    1. At one point some lady beside me was going on about how she had a HOM kit without instructions. I kindly suggested that HOM has a site and has instructions for many of the kits. She then started arguing that they are out of business and therefore the site could not exist. Sigh. I told her to google it. Then her eyes lit up like that made sense. Trying. My. Kindness. And. Patience. Grrrrr.

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  2. Love your finds. Simply gorgeous! Congratulations!

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  3. Your new furniture is an INCREDIBLE discovery, Kat! I LOVE Canadiana and your pieces have some of the old world quality to them that is PRICELESS! I am GLAD that they are now a part of your world because I can see a great future ahead for them!
    Regarding old grannies at shows... You done good to Try. To. Be. Kind. AND. Patient! hahahha Remember that one day YOU will be Them! :D

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth! When I take them out to play I just can't stop staring at them. I'm so happy to have them.

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  4. Great finds! I love shows :)

    I am off to google corn gluten...

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    1. OMG corn gluten has made it the best year ever! It looks like a golf green. Did the fertilizer n April. 2 weeks later corn gluten. Then first week of May I dump top all over and rake it in. Perfection! ......after 4 years of lawn remediation. But the raccoons found the corn gluten tub. Forgot to lock it up. Gah! What a mess

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  5. These shows are like treasure hunts - and you certainly found some great pieces :-) Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you Marion. My husband finds my hunting hysterical. I hunt out the value and pay the lowest price. I tell him it's ok to have the hobby because I save when I spend ;)

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